Thirteen years ago, Moab Is My Washpot, Stephen Fry’s autobiography of his early years, was published to rave reviews and was a huge best seller. In the years since, Stephen Fry has moved into a completely new stratosphere, both as a public figure, and a private man. Now he is not just a multi-award-winning comedian and actor, but also an author, director, and presenter.
In January 2010 he was awarded the Special Recognition Award at the National Television Awards. Much loved by the public and his peers, Stephen Fry is one of the most influential cultural forces in the country. This dazzling memoir promises to be a courageously frank, honest and poignant read. It will detail some of the most turbulent and least-well-known years of his life, with writing that will excite you, make you laugh uproariously, move you, inform you, and, above all, surprise you.
©2010 Stephen Fry (P)2010 Penguin Books Ltd
Fry's meteoric rise to fame in the early years of his life were interesting to say the least, but a lot of it was bogged down by fluffing and pointless reminiscence of classic actors and playwrights. While this is the backbone of Fry's past, it doesn't make for compelling reading. The man is apologetic about this, but it doesn't excuse the fact. Overall, I was pleased and still recommend this, even if it drags in a lot of places.
Thoroughly enjoyed Stephen's first autobiography "Moab is my washpot".
This follow up however is an exercise in linguistic gymnastics as he tries too hard to fit as many 'big' words and adjectives as possible into every sentence. It makes it hard to follow the storyline, which jumps around considerably.
Naturally, I wouldn't wrote anything negative - one you've listened, you'll understand - and Fry's self-deprecating style and witty turn of phrase keep you hooked throughout.
I loved this book. I am the same age as Stephen Fry and didn't ever become a follower of the shows and musicals he describes being a part of. Nor do I know him apart from a few documentary type programs he has led in recent years. I loved his honesty about himself, his brilliance in describing what was in a time now gone. Thank you Stephen Fry for being you.
I loved it, particularly his early years before he became 'TV' famous and the very last page, which had me in tears. An engaging and witty read from a gifted story-teller. Thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it.
Steven Fry has been and still us one of my favourite comedians! his command of the language is wonderful. A recommended read! Learnt many things from this era (my era) which was immensely pleasurable to hear, especially from one so witty!
"A must read"
A fantastic, fascinating and brilliant book to listen to if you love Stephen Fry. He tells the story so eloquently and interestingly, very vividly so that you can sink yourself into his life and his thoughts and memories. Well worth every hour of listening enjoyment
"Classic Fry Up"
Wonderful stuff. Fry's mastery of English, interesting biographics and self-deprecating wit form an enticing amalgam. If you are a fan of Fry buy it!
Stephen Fry's wonderful voice, I could listen to him all day. Wonderful insight to a well known and interesting character.
"Like making a new friend"
Having Stephen read his own stories feels like sitting in the court yard of an old pub on a warm summer day and having a chat with him. Very entertaining and funny.
"Fry the young man: A life exposed and explained"
An excellent autobiography of Stephen the Cambridge student and young comedian, actor, entertainer, broadcaster and chronicler of the 80's and early 90's. All delivered with honesty and his sonorous Oxbridge accent. Entertaining and informative. Wonderful.
The book was amazingly funny and charming, and being read by the author only improved the experience.
The section on his years at collage were amazing.
Stephen Fry has a special talent for discussing thing in minute details in an extremely entertaining way.
It's both a description of an interesting person and and interesting time in British comedy.
Pathos, gravitas, humor, pleasant voice
The man who would be Oscar Wilde.
Stephens story is certainly not dull at any point and he at all times paints a very vivid picture during his chronicles. I was aware he had a shall we say a colourful past and his rise to fame is very well documented through these narrated pages. Very enlightening I shall be listening to his others with great interest.
"A great conversation"
Excellent. He writes warts and all in a relaxed flowing style that leaves you with the feeling you have been having a chat with a friend.Cant wait for the next installment. Take a bow Mr Fry
"What a storyteller"
Yes - If you like Mr. Fry, then this is a must have! An honest, entertaining tale filled with great details of all the things fans will adore.
More Fool Me - Same Author
A wonderful read. Superb emphasis of key situations... and the illusion that he's speaking to you, directly!
No - I enjoyed breaking for periods, to digest what I'd heard
"Hours of delighted listening"
To say that an extra dimension is given by Stephen Fry's voice would be an understatement. He confides, entertains, shocks, confesses, delights, enlightens - rather than merely narrates. It makes the price of this book seem far too low.
In the course of telling the part of his story that stretches from Cambridge to the fame and fortune of his later twenties, he shares with us some of the thoughts and inner fears that he says still haunt him. None of this is solemn or toe-curling though. He always brings himself (and us) back from the brink with a throw-away line of such ludicrous self-mockery that, if most react as I did, the loudness of your own laughter comes as quite a shock.
It's also an insider's look at the way comedy changed and grew in the eighties. Nearly all the radio and television heroes of that era are there. You can hear their voices and each is treated with affectionate glee.
It's rare to find a book where every sentence is satisfying, funny or moving. In an audio book this is a special delight.
He says that it cannot be wondered at that his own rather shy hero, Alan Bennett, is so greatly loved. The self-deprecation that emerges in this book reveals the astonishing fact that Stephen Fry too lacks inner self-assurance - in spite of his cultured, funny, 'Renaissance Man' persona. It's as if he can't quite believe the enormous affection with which the nation regards him but it seems likely that this book will increase that affectionate admiration even more.
"Entertaining and Clever"
Great easy listening, read by a master.
Stephen Fry's impressions of various characters are spot on and very funny.Teaching, Cambridge, Show business,writing and his own particular demons.
Will now order the earlier volume and look forward to the next.
This is an incredible audio book! Not only is Stephen Fry warm, funny and engaging as a narrator but the book itself is funny, touching and a wonderful listen. Though I have to say, don't listen to this on the bus, you'll get the strangest looks when you're howling with laughter!
"The Fry Chronicles"
This is an excellent self recorded account of his life. His many and varied and honest reflections and anecdotes makes this an easy book to get into. Added to the fact that one can stop and start as required makes this, for me, a must. Perhaps a guarded warning for some, due to his use of language, should be noted, but in this 'unabridged' version it seems to naturally fit into his life style and personality. His easily 'listenable' voice adds to the charm of the listening, making you feel you have a personal appointment with him. Thoroughly enjoyable!
"A Fantastic Listen"
I must admit, I was unsure if I should try this book.. I'm so glad I did, its a fantastic read.. It kept my glued to my ipod until the book was finished.
Warning, there are a couple of bits in this book that will make you spit your coffee out.. and most likely laugh out loud.
Would recommend to anybody.
Stephen Fry's voice guides you through his life in a witty as well as provocative thoroughly honest review of his childhood to adulthood. Thought provoking as well as very funny.
"Delightful insight into a national treasure"
This was my first foray into audible and what a way to start, this audio book was unswitoffable (not a real word I know). It is read in an a style which is so easy and comfortable that it makes it seem ad libbed and as stephen is almost talking just to you. This book covers Stephens life from the end of his teens up to the nineties and is as interesting to hear his thoughts on himself as it is the times he lived in and the people he lived and worked with. Listen to it all in less than a week, Moab is my washpot (Stephens biography of his younger years) is on my wishlist after listening to this.
"If you didn't love Stephen before . . ."
What a lovely man. And here we have him chatting about his early career and he even does some affectionate impressions (his Alan Bennett is very good).
Chatting? well yes because Stephen's tone is one of a chum telling of mutual friends. He just includes you in his life, somehow.
"Master of audible."
The whole book has a general constant momentum of fact humour and intrigue.
For some reason, when a young Stephen operating as a temporary teacher has to inflict physical punishment on a boy. The build up creates many worrying emotions but typically it ends with a humorous if reflective tone.
Typically well written and there is no better narrator, i was truly surprised at his story. Stephens story causes many internal opinions to rise, at times i find i disagree with him as he discusses class, opportunity and the will to learn. There is a part where he says no one need be un educated as we can all chose to read and injest books etc (as he did). Whilst i agree with that sentiment, a child from a rat infested tenament with a lack of nutrition or access to essentials i think can never rise as easily as a fortunate well fed, well schooled child.
My point is that this book will make you consider his thoughts and whether you agree or otherwise you will continue to read and be amazed as his incredible life unfolds.
Dont miss this one, a masterclass in auto biography.
"THEATRICALLY BRILLIANT LITERARY GENIUS"
This book is an masterpiece of literary genius. Listening to it makes you feel as if you were in a theatre, having a coffee with your friend, attending a lecture, tweeting, playing a game with words and being emotionally hyper yet feeling unhappy knowing the fact that not everyone in the world has access to this work of art.
Stephen fry's every possible emotion by connecting with the young petty thief, the greatest of scholars, the most adored television big whips and everyone in between.
He makes a salad of language, time, accents, sighs and whips you with the most beautiful feeling of act, scene and spot light business. He informs the listener about the ins and outs of OxBridge competition, snobbery and the in-between shenanigans... as well as provide details about various affairs of the theatrical world while insuring that people like me and you, with no reference to what he is talking about, end this book feeling I have been on the best course.
This is not an autobiography of Stephen Fry,but a biography of an era, and of a country's perception of the world in an epoch.
A must listen.
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